Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis.
Commonly found in the Phoenix metropolitan area is a species of ticks that carries ehrilichia. Signs and symptoms associated with “Tick Fever” are lethargy, painful joints, bloody nose and fever.
The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry.
The product that we encourage to use for Canines is Bravecto which is an oral tablet protecting your pet for three month intervals. Feline Bravecto is a topical application that offers protection as well for three months. These products are very safe for your pet, waterproof and offers complete tick protection. Bravecto begins killing ticks within twelve hours of application.
You can pick up your Bravecto from either the Animal Medical Center of Surprise or on our online pharmacy, Vetsource on our front page.